Mike Preston: Robert, when you look at the time periods that the Ravens have had Kyle Boller and Joe Flacco as their starting quarterbacks, two things are very easy to see. The Ravens succeeded when they had a dominant defense and a running game that could carry the offense. Boller and Flacco are successful when that is the case.
I think both Flacco and Boller have similar weaknesses that show up in different forms. Both players show a lack of consistency, accuracy, pocket awareness and ball security. When these weaknesses show themselves in Flacco, he slows down, holds onto the ball too long and his accuracy suffers. When Boller showed his weakness, he sped up, often tripped over his own feet or those pesky white lines and his accuracy suffered. It is more a choice of how you prefer your comedy of errors to occur. I preferred to watch Jamal Lewis, and now watch Ray Rice, run the ball and lead the Ravens to victory.